Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mother Russia Overload

The happiest girl from Lake Krugloye

The Russians had a media day and Russian Orthodox sendoff to the Olympics.  We will now know how to light candles for our temperamental divas and pray with our deepest Jewish superstition for the ultimate victory in London.  My heart cannot handle the bundle of excitement and nerves, nor the gay explosion of joy over Viktoria Komova's angular highlighted bangs.  It is all too much.  We can only pray NBC was there for an epic fluff piece. Cue the Enya and shots of Aliya's injury.







Yes, please.

It is so good these bitches aren't harsh looking.




My grandmother and her sisters dressed like this in the 1930s.

Chosen by God to lead.



I live for the superstition.


And with this token, you will bring gold and honor to Russia.











Poor Tanya didn't even get a babushka.




Look into her eyes, she is the face of a nation...

Lighting up a chess board from heaven.


What we need to be doing every night until she is crowned Absolute Olympic Champion.



Dawson's Creek-era glamour.

I wouldn't trust that face to hold my car keys.








The faces of girls who realized a lifelong dream.  Mission Not Yet Accomplished.

The Mysterious Mustafina.


Reminiscent of better days.

A pose to live and die for.



Unimpressed.

Someone ready for the pressure.





Admiring their own fabulousness.

The four who matter.

Maroney has nothing on these bitches.


39 comments:

  1. This pictures are amazing! Where did you find them?

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  2. Aliya REALLY looks good. I wrote that bitch off after Europeans but she may just prove me wrong.
    Why does Grishina remind me of a gypsy fortune teller I met in Budapest?
    Paseka must be landing her Amanars. She's all smiles.
    God (the Russian Orthodox version) please, please,please make the Americans fall at team finals! Or please have Jordyn test positive for roids!

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    1. I know right!!!1 I mean that's the way you to win, by having your competitors fall!!!

      I'm sure the Giants would have been much more enthusiastic with their Super Bowl win if Tom Brady had torn his ACL the day before!

      Rumor going around is Spain wanted Italy to forfeit at European Finals

      I also heard Usain Bolt is hoping all of his competitors test positive for roids so he's the only one running and can win the gold, silver and bronze!!!

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    2. okay calm down

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    3. I find it telling that the only way you think the Russians can win is if the American girls are either doping or falling.

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    4. Anon 11:13: A very valid point - I too suspect that someone is all too aware that the Americans are favored to win in lieu of a catastrophe - And favored to win because they have tremendous difficulty, not because of US bias

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  3. Mustafina's facial expressions are the best, lol,

    I also love how they are all serious at their going off media day, :)

    Ah Russia - gotta love them

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  4. Dear Aliya, A bra is your friend.

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    1. I know, right! When I saw her nipple in that first picture I was wondering how she's going to go to church with no bra on and have the priest pray for her. She needed to take that scarf off her head and cover up her chest.

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  5. Mckayla Maroney has nothing on these bitches??? Except she's way prettier than all of them, except Musty of-course;)

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    1. Um when she said "Maroney has nothing on these bitches", I think she was referring to the presence and facial expressions the Russian girls have and the vibes they give off during competition since Maroney also has certain attitude etched in her face. And NOT specifically to the physical beauty of the gymnasts.

      I agree. Musty and Bee Farm are gorgeous Russians. I actually prefer Komova with a fringe.

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  6. I think that Miss Bee farm is quite gorgeous and while have plenty of hot Olympic boys after her.

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  7. The sad truth is that, if the American women do win in London, the anti-American morons on this board will never recognize their victory. Instead, the victory will be attributed to: a) Musty's injury setback b) Komova's prolonged ankle problems c) biased judging/cheating in favor of the Americans. Even if the Russians fall on their face on every event, it's a guarantee that this will happen. It's truly pathetic.

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    1. And the Russian coaches will blame a) lighting b) the color scheme c) the equipment d) the crowd e) the distance from the training gym to the actual competition f) transportation schedules g) competition start time h) noise level at the Village i) all of the above. They always have an excuse handy.

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    2. NOT pathetic. There's a reason why people want the Russians to win. They are a complete package in every facet that encompasses artistic gymnastics!

      By that argument, if the Russians do win in London, the anti-Russian / American morons won't be able to understand the scoring deductions since Gabby, Jordyn and the rest can score 15 - 16 plus easily in their heavily biased domestic competitions. Tim and Elfi were gobsmacked when Shawn Johnson's routines as reigning World Champ weren't received with much favour in Beijing. The same will happen here. They don't understand that there is a balance between high athleticism and power with flexibility and grace.

      And let's not forget the pressure that got to the Americans in 2004 even as favourites entering the team finals. Let's not pre-empt any Russians falling on their faces for any events, when there are also beam issues and uneven bars breaks forms with the American girls.

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    3. Um, not everyone wants the Russians to win. Sorry.

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    4. Complete package? Since when is inconsistency, headcasing, and having horrible technique considered to fit that description? Also, let's talk about how the Russian coaches fix their domestic competitions to ensure a win for Mustafina and thereby "boost her confidence." The coach admitted this himself. Also, Romania and Russia overscore their teams at home just as much as the U.S. does. And uh, did you actually watch the Tokyo Worlds, which was NOT on an American soil? IIRC, the Americans won by FOUR points over the Russians. So stuff it.

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    5. Anon, why don't you address the fact that the Russians have almost no Amanars to speak of, and the ones they do have are either inconsistent or a major knee injury waiting to happen. Those girls cannot twist to save their lives either on floor OR vault.

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    6. Wow the Americans are touchy.

      Why waste comparing teams from last years worlds when these are not the actual teams to represent their countries in London. You can say the same thing: that the Romanians didn't even medal last year at TF BUT they're a medal favourite this year. Why waste my breath?

      And if I can say that Kyla Ross and Mckayla Maroney have a mix of both athleticism and artistry and thus heavily favoured types re execution in the Olympics; then you might as well get off your high horse and admit that there are Russians who embody the "complete package" fans and enthusiasts love in gymnasts.

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    7. This is quite fascinating :-) I believe that because the teams are so close in difficulty this year, mentality will be tested in London. But then again every Olympics can be emotionally draining for avid fans.

      I thought that the Americans, Russians, Chinese and Romanians will either throw a few amanars or vaults similar in start value. So of that's the case, I reiterate my belief that it will come down to the performance at TF.

      I'm not pro or anti anything. May the best team win. There are strengths and weaknesses with all teams. Let's try not to argue so much given that we can't predict what will happen and by attributing excuses in the event one team loses seems a bit immature. I mean at least the gymnasts have a say in how they perform that night. We don't. We're only helpless spectators. So let's just appreciate the special talent and abilities each gymnast possesses.

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    8. Um. By artistry, you clearly mean "skinny and flexible". None of the Russian girls look as nice as Pavs or Lilypod. Those two had natural extension and BEAUTIFUL (and legitimate) toe point. NONE of the current girls engage the music or project--except Musty via her attitude and Afan, as well And Afan and Musty are not even as lithe as people probably want. Komova's floor is almost depressing to watch (nice lines or no), though I'm sure she'll turn it up at the Olympics. She seems to have had a little bit of mental adjusting this year.

      Artistry is about using and engaging the music and the crowd. Because when it comes right down to it, 'artistry' as people like you mean it is a veiled way of body policing and not everyone has the same body. Not everyone can achieve those alleged balletic lines. Few ever have. And using those lines in lieu of actual INVOLVEMENT in the performance is not artistic. It's boring. It's flat. It may score well, anyway, because you can't truly score artistry (no matter how many people on the gymnternet want to whine about it), only the skills and execution, but that doesn't mean it's good or better.

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    9. Grishina is very good. You're on serious crack. Afan is good considering the lame standards of today, as well as the minimal time allowed to express music with all of the bullshit requirements. The sport is one for cows. Wieber and Raisman will moo their way to the top.

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    10. Anon 3:49: Did you see Mustafina in those pictures? - She is easily comparable to the Americans in size - Of course, unlike others on the board, I don't find the anorexic, face-hollowed, please feed me something other than cabbage look to be attractive - Go Mustafina, go! :)

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  8. So...its obvious that someone told them to put on a skirt and put on a scarf. But, they forgot to tell them to wear a shirt that does not show cleavage and to be sure and wear a bra that day. Clearly, there are a few who did not benefit from any religious training in their life who also were not born with any common sense.

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    1. These are great photos! I just wish the girls at camp in Houston would respond with a photo gallery of them eating goat cheese, chopping firewood, skinning rattlesnakes and playing pool volleyball to Justin Bieber playing on the Soundock. And by the way, even being a male I have bigger nipples than Aliya, so what's the big deal?

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    2. ??? I don't want to see your nipples either, but I especially don't want to see any more of Musty's.

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  9. I love how there are hilarious photos of these girls looking ready for a pilgrimage and the same trolls are arguing the same stupid blather. AJ puts a lot of time into this site. Don't ruin it by your usual USA v RUS rambling posts.

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    1. Ahem,....AJ clearly lives for USA vs RUS posts, you boob - But I very much appreciate the info that AJ is able to present

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  10. Haha, I love the one of Nabieva looking all Tonya Harding.

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  11. Americans complain, and use excuses too. You guys just are oblivious to that fact. I can say that unbiased as I am not American or Russian.

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  12. Aliya Mustafina looks a bit thick, eh?

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  13. The Russian girls are stunning! That picture of Komova, Mustafina, and Paseka, wow. They look ready to take the world by storm at the Olympics. Can't wait to see Russia bring back beauty and artistry into gymnastics at the Olympics! Save us from a future of boring acrobatic gymnastics, please!

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    1. Egad....Stunning? - You must be joking - With the exception of Mustafina, none of the Russian girls is attractive - Nor do they demonstrate beauty and artistry as did their countrywomen way back in the day

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    2. Let's see...Komova looks happy, healthy, and is rocking a great haircut with serious highlights and nicely cut layers. Mustafina has her gorgeous Cleopatra eyes. And Paseka has the sun shining down on her amazing strawberry blond hair. Check, Check, Check. Each one looks beautiful and the Dawson's Creek era-glamour tag on the photo was spot on.

      As for the artistry, go look at Grishina's fx routine and then tell me she isn't as artistic as her "countrywomen" way back in the day. Do you dance like your ancestors did back in the 1800's? Didn't think so.

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    3. Anon 10:10: I disagree that Komova looks healthy; she has hollowed-out eyes and looks anemic - A haircut can't change her facial features - Nor can strawberry blond hair in the case of Paseka - However, Mustafina does have nice eyes - Lastly, I was not not referring to ancestors from the 1800s; I was referring to Russian gymnastics in the 1970s

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    4. Komova, Mustafina, and Paseka look good in that picture! Totally agree that they're beautiful! Not everyone nit picks beauty like you do!

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  14. Please don't watch any of the women runners, swimmers or other athletes from strict Muslim nations. Your comments here towards the Orthodox Russian practices were rude enough, I'd hate to hear your comments about women completely covered while running, swimming and doing other sports.

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  15. that's a beautiful gym. the karolyi ranch looks like a dump.

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